14th November 2016

Panellists Confirmed

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Alison Moore joins A Weekend of Weird panellists

Alison Moore's first novel, The Lighthouse, won the McKitterick Prize and was shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and the National Book Awards. Reviews of her latest novel, Death and the Seaside, have referred to her as the 'creator of a new English grotesque' (Isabel Berwick, The Financial Times) and as 'one of the most gifted and interesting writers of weird fiction in Britain today' (Nina Allan, The Spider's House). Her short stories have been included in Best British Short Stories and Best British Horror anthologies and collected in The Pre-War House and Other Stories.

A Weekend of Weird panellists include:


John Hirschhorn-Smith is an author and proprietor of the Sidereal Press, watch a fascinating interview with John here in which he discusses his book collection, with reference to Aleister Crowley, Victor Neuburg, Kenneth Grant, C.F. Russell and Hanns Heinz Ewers, alongside Outsider artists and Alan Odle, Beresford Egan and Austin Osman Spare and other sources of influence including 1980s zines and industrial music with references to John Balance of Coil and Throbbing Gristle.

Andrew Michael Hurley is a British writer whose debut novel, The Loney, was published in a limited edition of 300 copies in 2014 by Tartarus Press. The Loney has been reviewed in The Guardian and The Telegraph. It is set in the area of Morecambe Bay in North West England, described in the text as "that strange nowhere between the Wyre and the Lune". Hurley has said that the novel's two starting points were "to write a kind of dark version of the Nativity [...] and exploring ideas of faith and belief" and "various wild, lonely places on the north west coast of Lancashire [...] a sense of imminent menace or dormant power lying just under the sand and the water". The Loney was the winner of the 2015 Costa Book Awards First Novel Award as well as the British Book Industry award for best debut fiction and book of the year. He lives in Lancashire, where he teaches English literature and creative writing.

Timothy J. Jarvis is a writer, scholar, and teacher of Creative Writing with an interest in the antic, the weird, the strange.

His first novel, The Wanderer, was published by Perfect Edge Books in the summer of 2014. His short-fiction is forthcoming or has appeared in Murder Ballads, Booklore, Uncertainties Volume I, Caledonia Dreamin’: Strange Fiction of Scottish Descent, 3 :AM Magazine, and Leviathan 4: Cities, among other places, and he writes criticism for the Weird Fiction Review. In 2012, he was shortlisted for the Lightship International Short Fiction Prize.

He currently lives in Bedford, a small town in the hallowed/cursed M1 corridor.

James Machin has recently completed a PhD at Birkbeck, University of London, writing his thesis on early weird fiction, circa 1880 to 1914. He is also the editor of Faunus, the journal of the Friends of Arthur Machen.

Rosalie Parker is a publisher, writer and film maker from North Yorkshire who runs Tartarus Press with her partner, R.B. Russell. Her first collection of short stories, The Old Knowledge & Other Strange Tales was published by Swan River Press in 2010, reprinted 2012. A second collection of stories, Damage, was published by PS Publishing in September 2016.

Ray Russell - R.B. Russell is a publisher and author who runs Tartarus Press with his partner, Rosalie Parker. He has had three collections of short stories published:  Putting the Pieces in Place (2009), Literary Remains (2010) and Leave Your Sleep (2012). His first novella, Bloody Baudelaire (2009), has been filmed by 3:1 Cinema with the new title Backgammon and was released 2016. A second novella, The Dark Return of Time (2014) is in pre-production as a feature film. A third novella, The Stones are Singing, was published this year by PS Publishing.

Catherine Spooner is currently co-president of the International Gothic Association. Her particular research interests incorporate Gothic literature, film, and popular culture, and fashion and dress in literature, within the broader spectrum of Victorian and contemporary literature and culture. Catherine is currently completing an AHRC-funded project entitled Post-Millennial Gothic: Comedy, Romance and the Rise of Happy Gothic, to be published by Bloomsbury in 2017. Catherine's next project will explore the Gothic North, examining the relationship of place, local and regional identity and folklore to Gothic texts set in the north of England, with particular focus on the legacy of the 'Lancashire witches'.

Mark Valentine is the author of ten short story collections, two biographies, two poetry volumes, introductions to over thirty books and essays about books. His short story collections include The Collected Connoisseur (2010, with John Howard) and Selected Stories (2012). As a biographer, Valentine has published a life of Arthur Machen and a study of Sarban. Valentine currently edits Wormwood, a journal dedicated to fantastic, supernatural and decadent literature.

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